Pick up a humble grater, throw in a new-fangled spiraliser, and get all sneaky with zucchini. This veggie really is the ultimate master of disguise and the perfect contender to add to family favourites.
Zucchini-fused meals, snacks, sweets and treats are sure to tempt the fussiest of eaters. Loaded with protein, folate, omega-3, zinc, calcium, magnesium and plenty of vitamins, plus easy to digest, you can give the entire family a serving of super food goodness.
The stealthiest of veggie hunters won’t be able to spot the sneaky zucchini with these 15 delicious recipes hiding zucchini.
Drizzle it into dessert
Zucchini is easy to hide with choccie and this recipe for chocolate zucchini bread from Wyldflour doesn’t have a green bit in sight. The recipe calls for plenty of delicious choc chips as well as yoghurt to ensure the cake stays moist and melts-in-your-mouth.
Make it bite sized
Spin the classic Tater Tots with these crispy balls of goodness (also known as Parmesan zucchini tots) from Kirbie’s Cravings. Loaded with parmesan and topped with your kids’ favourite sauce, no one will even know they are eating more than a cupful of shredded zucchini. Sneaky, sneaky.
Add sugar and spice
Cinnamon? Check. Cream cheese frosting? Check And zucchini? You bet. A delicious after school snack or yummy dessert, the entire family will love this cinnamon zucchini cake with cream cheese frosting. Get the recipe at Six Sisters’ Stuff.
Slice, bake and serve
Kids love fries. But nutritionally, fries don’t bring a lot to the table. Enter zucchini fries, from Cooking Canuck – the ideal combination of crispy chips and healthy zucchini. Serve with a yoghurt dipping sauce and you’ve hit the chip jackpot.
Put it in a patty
What goes best with fries? How about a burger? Even the masters in veggie spotting will have difficulty sniffing out the zucchini (and other hidden veggies) mixed into these meat burgers from Healthy Little Foodies. Make em big like these or make mini meatballs for tiny tums.
Just add cheese
Grilled cheese sandwiches are cheesy, gooey and a staple for lunch. Try tricking the kiddies into trying these zucchini grilled cheese sandwiches from Kirbie’s Cravings, a tasty twist on the traditional zucchini bread.
Wrap it up
Test out these tortilla wraps, sprinkled with grated zucchini from Sweet as Honey and see if your little ones spot the difference at the next Taco Tuesday. Chill on the chilli though before feeding to the kids.
Bake it into brownies
Everything tastes good when surrounded by chocolate. Just look at these tantalising towers of tastiness (also known as zucchini brownies), found at Running with Spoons.
Top it with pizza fixings
Add a bit of goodness to your pizza night with homemade zucchini crust pizza, like this recipe found at Cooking LSL. Topped with fresh tomatoes and cheese, your fussy eaters won’t even taste the difference!
Blend it in a smoothie
Smoothies for everyone! Provide them with a dose of green goodness without sacrificing taste with this recipe for a chocolate zucchini smoothie from Homemade Nutrition.
Grate it into mini muffins
For a gluten free lunchbox treat that ticks all the boxes, these zucchini bites are a sure fire winner! Perfect for an afternoon nibble or busy breakfast bite, snack to it with this recipe from Gluten Free Direct.
Serve it in a slice
If you’re not into savoury zucchini muffins, how about a savoury zucchini slice? With bacon, egg and cheese as the main ingredients, this slice, found at My Kids Lick the Bowl, makes a great lunch box snack or share plate idea.
Sneak it into spag bol
It looks like a regular bowl of spaghetti and bolognese sauce. but it’s not. It’s a zucchini-infused bowl of healthiness featuring zucchini noodles, hearty turkey bolognese and spirals of superfood goodness. Get the recipe at Just a Taste.
Add it to fruit leather
Have you ever made your own fruit roll-ups? How about your own fruit and veg rollup? It’s actually easier than you may think and provides a much healthier alternative than the sugary store-bought variety. Here’s a great recipe for strawberry and zucchini fruit leather thanks to A Modern Homestead.
Mix it into a puree
For the teeniest of tasters, try this delicious blend of apple, carrot and zucchini from The Picky Eater. Easy to whip up, portion out, freeze and heat whenever needed (especially with the Beaba Babycook), your little ones will love this unique combination. Zucchini is recommended for babies from eight months as it is easy to digest and includes magnesium, calcium and heaps of vitamins.
And, bonus, the baby food doesn’t look like green vomit.
Looking for more recipes for your fussy eater? Have a look at these lunch box bliss balls.